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Occupational Therapy

KU's occupational therapy programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research in the field. The Department of Occupational Therapy Education resides in the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The department offers three degree programs:

The KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education invites applicants for a tenure-track associate or full professor faculty position. See details and apply online.PDF document icon

KU will begin enrolling students in an entry-level professional occupational therapy doctoral program in fall of 2019. Designed to prepare our graduates to be insightful occupational therapy practitioners able to participate as team member and leaders in a wide variety of interprofessional health care and community settings, the this program also offers KU faculty innovative research and practice opportunities.

Entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) – Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Students wanting to enter the profession of occupational therapy enter this 3-year graduate degree program after acquiring a bachelor's degree at KU or another institution. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to obtain OT licensure. >> MOT program details

Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This online doctoral program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who want to pursue the highest level of advanced practice. A degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program, a master’s degree, and current license to practice as an occupational therapist are required for admission. >> OTD program details

Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science

Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science With an emphasis on understanding the consequences of health conditions for the person, rather than the health condition itself, therapeutic science is an interdisciplinary program that involves faculty in a variety of departments and schools across the University of Kansas. >> Ph.D. program details

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

KU's Master of Occupational Therapy program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Details

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

KU's OT program:
consistently ranked in the

Top 10


Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report

What's New?

KU's new clinical doctorate replaces the master's degree for entry-level professional occupational therapists. Applications are accepted Aug. 1-Dec. 1. Learn about admission requirements and how to apply.

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JaySTART Clinic
This clinic provides free occupational and physical therapy services to patients in the Kansas City community. Learn about rehabilitation services provided by the clinic and how to make an appointment.


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